Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable fashion – what are the issues and what can we do?

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The good news is, interest in sustainable fashion has been growing steadily, and consumers, producers and retailers are all looking to change the ways we engage with clothes and fashion. Below we highlight some recent activities, further information, and ways we can all get involved.

Schools and sustainable fashion – second hand photo shoot at Oxford University’s Natural History Museum

We are delighted to be working with Kim Polgreen, LCON member and sustainable fashion enthusiast, Oxfam, and teachers and students from three north Oxford schools, to raise awareness of sustainable fashion – through a sustainable fashion photo shoot at Oxford University’s Natural History Museum.

The pupils from the Cherwell School, Oxford High School and St. Clare’s set out to highlight the huge impact of fast fashion on the climate and environment – and the thrills of buying second-hand instead. They hope others will join them as they spread the message. Find out more about the background to the project here, and take a look at some of the photos from the sustainable fashion photo shoot here.

Sustainable Fashion webinar

In June 2020 we hosted a webinar on ‘Sustainable Fashion – the environmental impacts of the clothing sector and what we can do about it’. We heard from Kim Polgreen (Sustainability Educator) and Stephen Cawley (former Head of Sustainability at John Lewis). A recording of the webinar is available here and you can access the slides here: Kim Polgreen and Stephen Cawley. If you’re new to the topic, this is a great introduction.

We have summarised key messages from the webinar on this page including links to further information and resources.

What action can I take? Find out more in our guide on sustainable fashion

There was so much interest in the event and subsequent video that we decided in March 2021 to launch an information campaign on sustainable fashion, which over the months has developed into an online guide and resource bank.

Our guide looks at how we can all – as individuals and consumers, and as a community – make a difference. Much of this starts with being more conscious, taking the time to find things out and think about our decisions. We have covered a range of topics including local and virtual solutions, resources and shops in our community, as well as online platforms.

Find out more by clicking on the relevant link below.

Write to your favourite Oxford shops to demand better

And as part of 2021’s Great Big Green Week, we compiled a directory of Oxford shops that score poorly on sustainability and ethical ratings, together with contact details and a template email and social media message. Find out more here.